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Making a Green Sojourn
chillibreeze writer — Sneha Bhat
Jute laundry bags, bathroom slippers made of reed, soy ink pens…do these ring a bell? You will not find them at your shopping mall; these are unique inventions by hotels that have embarked upon the eco-friendly path.
A wave of environmental consciousness has taken over the world and there is a prominent change in attitudes, opinions and actions. Following an example set by other industries, many hotels across the globe are making commendable efforts to go ‘green’.
Eco-friendly hotels that started off as a trend, have now become a social responsibility and the need of the hour. The objective of these hotels is to promote energy-efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and recycling.
Walking on eco-friendly grounds:
Many hotels have started conducting interesting eco-tours for their guests, thereby making them part of a good cause. By encouraging travelers to behave in an environmentally-conscious way, these eco-friendly hotels take small steps towards conserving the earth’s natural resources.
With a boom in the eco-tourism industry world-wide, travelers have started to expect and demand environmentally friendly services and becoming more aware of the ecological footprint they leave behind. Hoteliers are also realizing the damage being caused to the environment due to carelessness, apathy, and lack of responsibility.
Mindful conservation of water and electricity tops the ‘to-do’ list of most eco-hotels. They put together special management teams that are responsible for ensuring eco-friendly practices that are cost-effective as well. Eco-hotels follow the rule of ‘reducing, recycling and re-using’ in their daily operations and practices.
Hampering with the environment only counteracts the basic aim of tourism and hospitality. The motto behind the ‘go green’ campaign is to minimize the impact on the environment. Hotels that actively participate in this initiative of conservation and preservation positively influence employees and guests. These hotels also open up new vistas in the global economic market. Green hotels succeed in attracting travelers who want to contribute to the ecological cause.
The road less traveled:
Eco-hotels have also started using recycled paper for stationery. Similarly, the concept of towel/linen reuse is catching up in many hotels. Environmentally friendly cleaning solutions reduce water pollution and the use of low-flow showers can save water. These ‘green’ accommodations not only help in severe cost-cutting, but also do a world of good for social responsibility.
The Orchid Group of Hotels, India’s first chain of eco-hotels incorporates environment education and training for their staff members. They help in spreading awareness and their commitment to the cause is evident. The electricity at the Tiamo Resort in the Bahamas is generated from 100% alternative energy from their electricity-generating system. The Tanjung Sanctuary Hotel in Malaysia is apt for travelers interested in a region’s natural wealth. The hotel’s activities and design promote sustainable tourism and provide a nice insight into the region’s flora and fauna.
Hotels are the backbone of the tourism industry, thus eco-tourism and eco-hotels complement each other. Traveling the world is what most people dream of, but turning this dream into a reality by abusing nature is not very cool. Hotels and resorts are therefore increasingly altering their approach to tourism, by going the green.
So the next time you travel, travel green. And remember, traveling green does not mean you have to go around hugging trees! Making a simple choice of staying at an eco-friendly hotel goes a long way.
Chillibreeze's disclaimer: This is a contributed article and was published on Chillibreeze in December, 2009. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the views of Chillibreeze as a company. Chillibreeze has a strict anti-plagiarism policy. Please contact us to report any copyright issues related to this article. The relevance of the facts and figures cited (if any) could change after a period of time.
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